Barcelona and Liverpool in contact over swap deal for Mohamed Salah

Arnold Nichols
May 8, 2019

Meanwhile, former Liverpool stars Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho start in attack for Barcelona on their return to Anfield.

Liverpool released a statement via their official club website stating: "Liverpool will use a one-off goalkeeper shirt for tonight's Champions League semi-final, second leg with Barcelona".

When Fairclough came off the bench to score Liverpool's victor with just minutes left in the 1977 European Cup quarter-final against Saint-Etienne, he ensured he would be cherished forever at Anfield for the goal that sparked the team's run to win the tournament for the first time.

Liverpool needs nothing short of a miracle as they host Barcelona at Anfield, but as history will tell us, it's not impossible.

Jurgen Klopp has never lost a two legged tie in Europe while at the Liverpool helm, but a Barcelona side led by Lionel Messi in strong form may just herald the end of that glittering record.

Klopp hopes to have Salah back for the final league match against Wolves on Sunday, providing the Egyptian recovers from the concussion he suffered in a collision with Newcastle 'keeper Martin Dubravka in the 3-2 win on Saturday that kept alive their chances of a first league title for 29 years.

"As long as we have 11 players on the pitch we will try for 90 minutes to celebrate the Champions League campaign to give it a proper finish".

Klopp was seen walking up to the 31-year-old after the full-time whistle and the German manager now tried to recall what he said to Messi.

"We don't want any player to be injured". In an ideal world, in a season you always have much more players than you can involve in a squad.

Juergen Klopp's side will play the victor of Wednesday's other semi-final between Ajax Amsterdam and Tottenham Hotspur, with the Dutch side leading 1-0 from the first-leg in London.

"Next season he will be playing 100%, and he knows that".

"After the game in Spain we were confident we could score four and win 4-0", he said.

The Reds have previous when it comes to turning around three goal scorelines in the elite European competition, after coming from that position down to AC Milan in the final in Istanbul in 2005, but this one could be a step too far.

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